The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced a special event to honour the legacy of Scottish author Iain Banks, who died on Sunday two months after revealing he had been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of Iain Banks’ death,” wrote the festival’s Director, Nick Barley, in a statement on the festival website. “Not only has the Book Festival lost one of its dearest friends, but the world has lost a quiet literary giant. From The Wasp Factory onwards, Iain’s books have been at the heart of a Scottish literary renaissance that has revolutionised this country’s understanding of itself.”
Barley voiced regret that Banks could not take “a final meeting with his loyal audience” at the festival as was planned, but that a “special event” would instead take place to “celebrate the life and work of this extraordinary and much-loved writer”. Full details of the event will emerge with the festival’s programme on 20th June.